A proposed bill in Ontario regarding employees going on leave following instances of domestic or sexual violence has raised some privacy concerns, The Lawyer’s Daily reports. The Domestic and Sexual Violence Protection Act, 2017, would allow employees to take anywhere from 10 days to 15 weeks of unpaid leave if needed. Vey Willetts Labour and Employer Lawyer Paul Willetts said it might be better to change the general leave provision in the Employment Standards Act so victims do not need to specify why they are taking time off. “Situations of sexual and domestic violence are highly personal and not something that many people wish to share with their employer. For example, perhaps the proposed personal emergency leave could instead be expanded to incorporate instances of sexual and domestic violence, thus allowing people to have leave while retaining privacy over their personal life,” Willetts said. (Registration may be required to access this story.)
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